So what makes the type of courseware special? Well, we think that it teaches students that science is not just mastery of what is already known, but an exploration of the unknown. We actually believe that this is what learning itself is all about.
The courseware is also centred around compelling questions that motivate students, such as, are we alone in the universe? There are challenging problems that contextualise the learning. They are authentic problems that real scientists are working on right now at the frontier of human knowledge.
The courseware also gets students to appreciate the solutions to real problems in science do not fit into tidy disciplinary bins. The courseware has a transdisciplinary approach whilst mapping closely to introductory science courses, and the learning objectives faculty are used to teaching.
Being Human in a Digital Age?
Being Human in a Digital Age
August 26, 2016
QUT: Grand Challenges Lecture
Stop predicting the future. Leave that to the robot who's going to steal
Jess Zimmerman, 2014
A new era?
Development of logic
New age of humanness?
Joy, self-compassion, art, beauty? Affect? Happiness?
Complexification of higher education
Learning needs are complex, ongoing
Simple singular narrative won’t suffice going forward
The idea of the university (and learning) is expanding and
Less than 50% now full time
(US Census Bureau)
US Census, 2013
Favours women over men
More learners as % (up to 60%)
Average entrance age increasing
Top three countries for entering students:
China, India, USA
Traditional science courses waning in popularity
Greater international student
“higher education is now serving more students with more stress
than at any prior point in history, yet we have done little to
educate ourselves about the strategies that brain science knows
can help students better manage their stress, induce relaxation
and consequently improve their learning experiences.”
What will we teach?
Why will we go to university?
“Perhaps in reaching to educate the brain, we should also consider
reaching for the heart”
(Peer Reviewed (by me) message on Slack, Catherine Spann, 2015)
in order for us to truly create and contribute to the world,
we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-
pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine
and recombine these pieces and build new castles.
Learning is the exploration of the unknown…
… not just mastery of what is already known.
Are We Alone?
Can We Survive?
The questions we care about don’t fit in silos